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For the last several decades we have read about the terrible affliction called AIDS. What many individuals don't know is the fact that AIDS is in fact the final step in the illness called HIV. HIV means human immunodeficiency virus. It is an ugly name for a horribly ugly disease. In the following paragraphs we'll investigate the symptoms that occur in the various stages of HIV so that you can better inform anybody with an interest in this condition.

Consequently, the following is an explanation of HIV symptoms as they appear in the four phases.

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HIV Symptoms Stage Number One: Incubation

This initial phase typically lasts two to four weeks. It's nearly impossible to understand if a patient is in the incubation stage as there are no symptoms, to speak of. But be assured, there are symptoms on the horizon. It is recommended that the individual find medical assistance at this stage if they suspect they may be afflicted. A home test package can be a good first start.

HIV Symptoms Stage Number Two: Acute Infection

This stage generally lasts 28 days or so. The symptoms which were nonexistent in stage I will turn out to be common with this phase. Symptoms such as a high fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and rashes throughout the body (and even the mouth) are common. The distress is beginning to manifest itself at this stage, but of course there is a lot more to come.

HIV Symptoms Stage Number Three: Latency

For some reason, and there's no medical explanation as of this time, the symptoms subside somewhat at this stage. The patient may think that his problems are over, but regrettably the worst is yet to come. Latency can easily range from two weeks to even 20 years, for those lucky ones

HIV Symptoms Stage Number Four: AIDS

Once the onset of AIDS starts, the patient suffering grows exponentially. The clinical term to describe the issues of AIDS is called opportunistic infections. What this implies, essentially, is your body no longer can protect itself against viral attacks. Sufferers who reach the AIDS's phase will find themselves suffering from a variety of illnesses. For instance cervical cancer, lymphomas, and a genuinely awful disease called Kaposi. Kaposi manifests itself with circular, brown or purple areas on the skin and/or inside the mouth. When the patient has encountered these problems, there is really nothing that can be done for them. Medical technology could only attempt to reduce discomfort whenever possible while the patient slowly and agonizingly dies.


We all hope and pray that the answer is found for this terrible condition. The amount of human suffering caused by HIV is genuinely heartbreaking. But there are steps that can be applied to reduce the suffering, therefore if you or somebody you love experiences HIV symptoms, please seek out medical support.Syphilis has three major stages and one latent or inactive stage. The first is the formation of an ulcer or chancre. Once infection has begun, the chancre usually develops after 21 days, though it may appear sooner (10-20 days) or later (22 to 90 days). If the chancre becomes evident, syphilis can get very, very contagious.

Infection occurs from direct contact with the spirochetes-rich chancre or ulcer. Even condoms may not altogether stop the transmission of the infection when the ulcer is outside the girl's vagina or on the male's scrotum. If the ulcer is in the mouth, a simple kiss can put your health on the line, as well. The ulcer may dissolve on its own after three to six weeks however it can reappear as secondary syphilis if intervention was not applied.

Yes, an initial infection may heal on its own in most women's cases. But, 25 % of them will take it to the next level, also called secondary syphilis, that could develop after a couple of weeks or months and last from four to six weeks. Secondary syphilis affects more organs in a person's body because it is systemic. First symptoms can vary but people who have this will typically display skin rashes that do not itch on the palms of the hands or the bottoms of the feet. And these skin rashes may be very obscure and thus, unnoticeable.

Other manifestations of this secondary stage may incorporate things like hair loss, sore throat, white patches in the nose, mouth and vagina as well as fever and headaches. Lesions on the genitals that can look like genital warts (but are actually due to spirochetes) may appear. These lesions as well as the skin rashes are very contagious. Since the rashes can develop on a person's palm, the condition may be passed on even via a simple handshake.

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After the secondary stage, syphilis can progress to its symptoms-free phase. This is what's known as the latent stage. The latent stage can last for 20 or more years but even if an individual has not experienced it, the third and last phase of the disease may still be achieved. This is the part when syphilis ceases to be infectious. But even if that is so, it's a systemic stage and as a result, it will bring a host of bodily problems.

The methods of treatment for syphilis vary based on the stage of the ailment and the clinical manifestations. Penicillin injections are rather effective in curing not just early but also late syphilis stages. A successful syphilis treatment, though, necessitates constant use of penicillin. Alternative treatments include Yet, there are also other types of treatments such as oral doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox and others) or tetracycline (Achromycin).

Pregnant women who are carrying not just fetuses but also syphilis can pass on the condition to her unborn child. Penicillin then becomes a must for pregnant women because it's the only antibiotic that can get through the placental barrier to eliminate the infected fetus of the disease. If syphilis is ignored, the child may be born blind or worse, dead.

It's not a good move to think that syphilis does not warrant your attention. If you feel that you might have it, acknowledge the problem as soon as you can and act upon it. Seek out medical health advice and schedule screening tests to be certain.

Syphilis - a disease that needs religious attention, especially from women. Learn more about its symptoms and the possible ways you can overcome it.


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